This exotic kitty was created by Paul Casey when he heard that one of the last breeding leopards in the territory of Olduvai had been killed by poachers. He felt that if he could develop a domestic that looked like the leopards it would draw attention to their plight and people would relate to the conservation problems. Casey had an eleven generation plan in developing the Spangles starting with the Siamese and a spotted Angora in the first generation and ending with street cats from Egypt and Malaya. Casey worked from the 1970's to 1985 to develop his California Spangled.
Like the leopard he was bred to emulate, it has a strong body that's long and lean.
The Spangled has wide cheekbones, round tipped ears, and wide almond-shaped eyes. It has a medium length tail and short coat. The coat colors are silver, blue, red, black, gold, brown and charcoal. There is also a Snow Leopard with blue eyes that develops spots as it matures.
In spite of their wild appearance they're a friendly, social cat. They like to play and they're very intelligent. They like children. And for the most part get along with other cats and dogs.
Their average weight is eight to seventeen pounds. Average life expectancy is nine to fifteen years.
If you are interested in adding one of these exotic beauties to your family please try rescue first.